Merkel cancels special EU summit in Berlin. The EU countries are not taking a uniform approach to combating the corona pandemic. Now more caution should apply: Chancellor Merkel has overturned a summit on China policy as a precaution.
Merkel cancels special EU summit in Berlin
Only announced two weeks ago, now tipped again: A special EU summit on relations with China should have taken place in Berlin in exactly one month. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has now canceled the meeting. The background to this is concern about infection with the corona virus.
In view of the situation, the German EU Council Presidency would have to forego the meeting, said Merkel in Brussels. She referred to the possible risk of infection for the participants, saying that the rejection was “a necessary message”. Merkel had only announced the special meeting at the last EU summit in early October. It was to take place in Berlin on November 16 and deal with relations with China.
However, this week’s EU summit showed that face-to-face meetings will be difficult in the foreseeable future in view of the increasing number of infections. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin had to leave the meeting early because of contacts with people who tested positive. Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki did not even come to the summit because he is currently in quarantine.
The EU now wants to work more closely together to come to terms with the pandemic. So far, the EU states have found it difficult to agree on a common course. So far, there are hardly any agreements on topics such as travel warnings, mask requirements or quarantine times. According to Merkel, there will be regular consultations between the heads of state and government via video conference in the future – depending on the situation, even weekly.